Duncan Ward
(c) Alan Kerr

The British conductor and composer Duncan Ward (*1989) has been appointed as Chief Conductor of the Philharmonie Zuidnederland (Eindhoven/Maastricht) from September 2021 for an initial three season contract. Ward succeeds Russian Dmitri Liss, who has been chief conductor since 2016.

Duncan Ward studied at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic. In the past few years he has made important debuts with, among others, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Staatsorchester Stuttgart and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. In January 2020, he was appointed by Festival d’Aix-en-Provence as Music Director of the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra, a position which he holds until 2023.

Ward is also a gifted composer. He was named Young Composer of the Year by the BBC in 2005.

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